Fariha Kauser, Rheumatology.
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I chose rheumatology early on … uh, during my residency training because, uh, it is a fascinating field, uh, that involves, uh, diseases that start from the immune system being overactive.
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Um, the challenge in treating these patients is that the diseases often involve different organ systems.
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so I like to see myself as a provider, putting on many different hats on any gi … any given day. Um, to give you an example, some of my patients
have lupus that is involving their kidney or rheumatoid arthritis involving their lungs, so the challenge is really treating the different facets and aspects of the disease on any given day.
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I generally work with, uh, adults. Uh, our typical referrals
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or reasons that bring patients in to see a rheumatologist is, uh, ongoing, uh, unclear origin of joint pain, joint stiffness, rashes, fatigue, muscle pain. Um, often patients are referred to a rheumatologist if they have ever autoimmune labs that are drawn for any reason, but generally joint and muscle pain are what, uh, brings people in to see me.
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I enjoy the fact that I am able to serve people and patients of the community that I live in. Uh, so I’ve lived in this community for a long time, this is where I moved
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once I completed my training at Cleveland Clinic.
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The benefits of working in Palos Medical Group is that I have really all specialties that I need at any given time.
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Uh, we collaborate with each other closely. I’m able to pick up the phone and speak to any provider or uh, uh, in my patient’s care uh if I need to, so the ease of communication is always there. My philosophy of care
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which starts ideally on the first visit that I establish with a patient, is to
look at establishing a long-term relationship with my patient and the family. Um, so, autoimmune diseases are chronic, life-long diseases that need ongoing treatment they need ongoing monitoring of the disease and medications, um, so while I like to be
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an advocate and a team leader and my patient’s health and their care, I uh, respect and, uh, uh, request patients to be as active, uh, as they can in their own, uh, health as well.
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So I encourage patients to bring in family members, and, so, you know, we’re all equally involved and on the same page at all times. I also strive
on a daily basis to listen to my patients because they have, uh, long-standing issues with fatigue, they battle with daily pain, um, which effects their overall functioning, and inside the home and out, at work, um so I feel like by listening I am able to provide better care, um, and formulate a better treatment plan long-term.
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Fariha Kausar, MD
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